Grouse moors, land reform and power: how members of the Scottish National Party can change the face of Scotland
A guest post by Max Wiszniewski
The membership of the Scottish National Party in recent times, have stood on the side of progress. The SNP grassroots have been instrumental in moving Scotland forward, towards many progressive policies, including land reform, which is why Revive is thrilled to have the opportunity to meet members this week for the first time.
Revive: the coalition for grouse moor reform will be hosting a fringe meeting this Saturday at SNP conference in Edinburgh to highlight why radical action on Scotland’s grouse moors is vital to building the Scotland we aspire to live in.
Almost a fifth of Scotland is managed for grouse shooting. Estimates vary between 12-18% but we don’t really know how much as we don’t yet have an accurate picture of what our land is used for.
In any case, the fact that such a huge amount of our nation is used for the benefit of so few, shows the scale of this problem. The Scottish Government has taken some important steps but while less than 500 people own over half of Scotland’s private land there is much work to be done.
Far from being the wholesome image of Scotland’s countryside that the industry would have you believe, Scotland’s land is scarred and burnt which damages the environment, while hundreds of thousands of animals die every year – all to maximise the number of grouse to be shot for the amusement of very few people. Its economic contribution is also much, much lower than you might believe for the land it uses up.
Revive is a coalition made up of social justice, environmental and animal welfare groups who have come together to tackle these issues in order to benefit Scotland’s people, our wildlife and our environment. We know that grassroots activists like you will be key to that and we’ve already started a movement with over 10,000 people signing up to Revive.
If you are going to SNP conference this Saturday it would be great to see you there but if not and you’re interested in working with the Revive coalition please consider signing and sharing this pledge for radical reform.
Max Wiszniewski is Campaign Manager for Revive. Revive is a coalition of like-minded organisations working for reform of Scotland’s grouse moors. The coalition is made up by Common Weal, Friends of the Earth Scotland, League Against Cruel Sports Scotland, OneKind, and Raptor Persecution.
Facebook Event/SNP conference link: https://www.facebook.com/events/524722338057249/